Category Archives: Real Estate

Land Mines of home improvements…

Today, I yet again considered myself a victim of Realtor abuse. I have been blessed with several buyers here in Mason City that are insisting on seeing everything in their price range.For me, after visiting with prospective buyers about their wants and needs, I can usually after two or three home showings get a “feel” for what they really wan … continue reading

The Mirage…

Tomorrow I have an appointment to meet with a seller who called several days ago to come and talk about listing his home. When I found out today that he has also called several other Realtors for the infamous “interview”, I thought yet again, “Oh Mercy, Mercy!” Because of the way the market is here in Mason City and North Iowa, the competit … continue reading

Vision is the brother of Progress…

I must tell you all that I have over these past three years, when I am not doing my job of serving the community of North Iowa and Mason City's real estate needs, I have been working slowly but surly on my 1882 historic building. After thousands of hours and many thousands of dollars, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.I smi … continue reading

Looking for Answers

I was at the office this morning and had a few minutes to spare and decided to start paging thru one of the books that the Globe Gazette published some years ago about the North Iowa and Mason City.  Not that I'm so terribly nostalgic, but what I noticed the most was how well nearly all the buildings in the downtown were maintained. What surprised … continue reading

The Greatest Compliment…

I've done a great deal of work over the years for the most delightful family who have given much to our community over at least 50 years. They are who I would consider the real “blue bloods” of our city. They don't brag about their accomplishments, nor do they boast about how much money they have, as well as never speaking about their razor sha … continue reading

Unlocking the true value

Endless times I have walked thru homes of prospective sellers with a bit of a laundry list of "to do's" necessary to make their homes more marketable. So far it seems to be about a 50/50 ratio of sellers who make the recommended improvements and sellers who do nearly nothing. One of my biggest gripes is cleanliness.I will never understand how som … continue reading

Out of the puddles and into the ponds

Will these days of cold and rain never cease? North Iowa has indeed been blessed and cursed this with arctic air. I listed a charming home today in between rain drops that I really had to work at getting good photos in such wet and darkness. After looking at the photos, I thought to myself, “You will have to go back after these days of being over … continue reading

Sundays should be Simple

Yet another day in the life of yours truly. I had to drive out of town to get some documents signed today. Oh how terrible the rain and wind. But the positive side, the long drive gave me time to think about what I would write about today.So many people go to great lengths to get their homes prepped for viewing by prospective buyers. The one thin … continue reading

Bear Traps of Short Sales

My office is involved on another infamous lender short sale. In this case, I represent the seller.When my clients called me to list their home because they were upside down on their mortgage, we talked about all the necessary things that needed to be done to get them out from under their mortgage. Well, they did all that we agreed upon and more. … continue reading

Is It Picture Perfect?

It has again been confirmed today...After showing a family the same home far more than just once, and months of looking at other homes, investigating and talking about all the things the buyers could do to improve and create a real home for themselves and their children, they called me today and said that they purchased another property from a di … continue reading